AdventureBox Max Magazine

Ages: 9 - 14Publisher: Bayard Presse Subscription Price: $ 75 for One Year / 10 issues

AdventureBox Max is the older kid (ages 9-14) version of AdventureBox magazine/book and is meant as the next step for kids who enjoy reading. Printed in a slightly larger format than its younger sibling, Max features more in-depth, multi-chapter stories. The characters, dialogue, plots and issues explored are age appropriate: a little more realistic and meaningful, at a more challenging reading level. While an illustration appears on every page, the text is more important, and the characters also appear slightly more culturally diverse. Past subject matter has included a suspense story about appendicitis, a boy dealing with shame felt from poverty, the cost of sudden fame and a story about a found pet. Most of these stories focus on emotions children experience as they encounter new challenges in life. Each issue also contains a photo-illustrated random notes and news section of “Max Facts,” and two comics: Griff, a sort of medieval cross between Haggar the Horrible and Pinky and the Brain, and one about a modern clue finding professor named Dr. Enigmus. Other semi-regular columns include the “Animax” animal facts pages, a “Make It” craft section, “Max Questions” which uses photos to illustrate an item or event of interest, and “Mini Games” with word puzzles and matching games. While the stories are engaging, some of the supplementary material might be a little light for more mature readers.

 

Lahri Bond ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

 

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